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EU-Russia Relations in Crisis

Understanding Diverging Perceptions, 1st Edition

Edited by Tom Casier, Joan DeBardeleben


252 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Relations between the EU and Russia have been traditionally and predominantly studied from a one-sided power perspective, in which interests and capabilities are taken for granted.

This book presents a new approach to EU-Russia relations by focusing on the role of images and perceptions, which can be major obstacles to the enhancement of relations between both actors. By looking at how these images feature on both sides (EU and Russia), on different levels (bilateral, regional, multilateral) and in different policy fields (energy, minorities, regional integration, multilateral institutions), the book seeks to reintroduce a degree of sophistication into EU-Russia studies and provide a more complete overview of different dimensions of EU-Russia relations than any book has done to date. Taking social constructivist and transnational approaches, interests and power are not seen as objectively given, but as socially mediated and imbued by identities.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of European Foreign Policy, Eastern Partnership, Russian Foreign Policy and more broadly to European and EU Politics/Studies, Russian studies, and International Relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Transnational Approach to EU-Russia Relations [Joan DeBardeleben]

Part I: The Historical and Ideational Context of the EU-Russia Relationship

1. EU-Russia Relations in Crisis: The Dynamics of a Breakup [Tom Casier]

2. Identity and Hegemony in EU-Russian Relations: Making Sense of the Asymmetrical Entanglement [Viatcheslav Morozov]

Part II: EU- Russia Bilateral Relations

3. Negative Mutual Interdependence? The Clashing Perceptions of EU–Russia Economic Relations [Hiski Haukkala]

4. EU-Russian Energy Relations: Do Institutions Stand the Test? [Tatiana Romanova]

5. From Hidden ‘Othering’ to Open Rivalry: Negotiating the EU-Russia Role Structure through the Visa Dialogue [Anna Dekalchuk]

Part III: EU-Russia Relations in a Regional Context

6. Alternative Paradigms for EU-Russian Neighbourhood Relations [Joan DeBardeleben]

7. No Middle Ground? Economic Relations between the EU, Ukraine and Russia [Crina Viju]

8. EU-Russia Relations and the Unravelling of the European Security Regime in the Context of the Ukraine Crisis [Maria Raquel Freire and Licinia Simão]

9. Europe and Russia in the Pan-European Human Rights Regime [Petra Guasti]

Part IV: The Multilateral Context of EU- Russia Relations

10. The EU and Russia in a Multilateral Setting [Tom Casier]

11. Russia Turns East Again? Russia and China After Ukraine [Peter Ferdinand]

Conclusion [Tom Casier and Joan DeBardeleben]

About the Editors

Tom Casier is Reader in International Relations and Jean Monnet Chair at the Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent, Brussels, Belgium. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Joan DeBardeleben is Chancellor’s Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University, Canada. She is also Director of the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in European Foreign Policy

The European foreign policy series publishes cutting edge work on Europe’s role in global politics. Europe and the EU now face multiple challenges including: a changing power structure within international relations, tensions in transatlantic relations; a new politics of climate change; continuing conflict in the Middle East; assertive Russian action in Ukraine and other countries on the EU’s eastern borders; and the euro’s impact on the EU’s global power.

Additionally, the Union’s own internal institutional processes have undergone far-reaching change in recent years, new ambitions for the EU in its Global Strategy and a plethora of strategies has been introduced covering Asia, trade, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights, geo-economics, and other regions and topics.

This series addresses the standard range of conceptual and theoretical questions related to European foreign policy. At the same time, in response to the intensity of new policy developments, it endeavors to ensure that it also has a topical flavor, addressing the most important and evolving challenges to European foreign policy, in a way that will be relevant to the policy-making and think-tank communities.

Key topics include:

  • The EU’s responses to the emergence of a new geopolitics in the Middle East;

  • European and EU policy towards the east, as it grapples with conflict in Ukraine and instability elsewhere across the region covered by the Eastern Partnership;

  • Europe’s changing engagement with rising powers, and in particular with Asia;

  • Transatlantic relations;

  • The foreign policy impact of the EU’s internal crisis;

  • The new Energy Union, energy security and climate change;

  • Europe’s relationship to its southern neighbours in the Mediterranean and in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

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